Take the Pledge

The No Kid Hungry Pledge, that is! I took the pledge (which is free!) on Thursday night at the Share our Strength Taste of the Nation event, an evening that brought together chefs from all over the Boston area to raise money for hungry families.

No Kid Hungry

Though the atmosphere was festive, reminders of why we were all there were posted throughout. The statistics on hunger in Massachusetts were astounding and served as a good reminder how lucky I have it.

Share our Strength

89 million meals a year skipped in Eastern MA alone. . . hard to imagine.

Share our Strength Taste of the Nation

While the focus was kept on the need that Share our Strength fills, the event also provided plenty of fun, food, and celebrity sightings. One of the highlights of the evening was meeting Top Chef superstar Tiffani Faison, who could not have been friendlier. Talking with her was like hanging out with a fun friend.

Tiffani Faison

As you would imagine the food was plentiful, and I took about 100 photos. Here are just a few. . .

Glorious goujeres with fig jam, salami, goat cheese from The Blue Room

The Blue Room

Homemade PB&J Hobnobs from Craigie on Main – hobnobs are big in Ireland, and Craigie nailed them.

Craigie on Main

Ashmont Grill went the extra mile, with Future Chefs students serving up their tasty bites.

Ashmont Grill Future Chefs


Sustainable seafood from Whole Foods River Street

Whole Foods River Street

Fresh artisan bread and rolls from Iggy’s


Asparagus Veloute, the way it is supposed to be made, from 606 Congress Chef Richard Garcia who is incredibly nice and also happens to have an incredibly interesting and impressive bio

606 Congress

Salt cod on crisp potato from Rialto


And the best of Rialto and one of the best of Boston, Top Chef Masters’ Jody Adams

Jody Adams

Baklava from Athan’s, one of my favorite cafés in my old neighborhood


One of my favorite dishes, caramel-y beer braised pork with a horseradish custard from Lucca




Then there was the Gargoyle’s table. Hell’s Kitchen contestant, Jason Santos was serving up something quite different than the rest.


We were instructed first to eat a flower that ended up being a natural Novocain, numbing our mouths before we ate a lychee sorbet.


It was painful! And my tongue was numb for quite awhile. No bueno. I am not sure numbing guests’ mouths at a food event is a good idea.

lychee sorbet

My favorite moments of the night were spent in the VIP room. Champagne from Nicolas Feuillate was flowing, and trays of food were brought to us.

Tuna tartare from Abby Park

Abby Park

Oysters from both the East and West coasts were shucked by the folks from Neptune Oyster.

Neptune Oyster

VIP lounge

I was lucky to attend the event as press, but I would absolutely recommend Taste of the Nation for a spectacular night out to benefit a cause we can all get behind. It is the perfect place to sample food from restaurants all over the Boston area, sip on cocktails and wine, and mingle with friends. I can’t wait until next year!

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Thursday night was SO much fun and for such a great cause!


  2. Megan’s avatar

    This was truly an amazing event. I loved the VIP room too… the oysters and that tuna tartare were incredible.


  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Everything looks spectacular. And all for a great cause.


  4. Elizabeth Jarrard’s avatar

    taste of the nation was fantastic this year!! Jason’s sorbet was definitely my favorite!!!!! very little vegetarian options so iggys bread and taza chocolate prevented me from becoming to wastey ;)


  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    I am still holding a little grudge over that tongue-numbing incident too :p

    It was such an incredible night! So glad we were able to hang out together!


  6. Daisy’s avatar

    I’ve had the hobnobs at craigie in a dessert dish – so good!! gotta love jodi adams, such a sweetie. I’m jealous you got to meet Tiffani!!


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